So before I get started on today’s blog, I wanted to share something uber exciting that happened for me……on my Instagram, I posted my yummy chocolate peanut butter tarts and not only did I get a whole bunch of ‘likes’ and a few comments, but Chef Taylor Erickson from the Food Network’s show Chopped AND Chef Dan McClumpha, the Head Pastry Chef for Jamie Oliver, yes, THE Jamie Oliver are amongst those people! Eeeeeek…..that’s so cool!!
Ok, so back to Thanksgiving
Yes, I know, Thanksgiving was about a month ago (for us Canadians), but if anyone knows my family, we kind of do things……well, on our time. With wonky work schedules and both my brother and sister having in-law families, sometimes our dinners and holiday celebrations don’t always fall on (or even close) to the actual day. This past weekend we got together for our Thanksgiving dinner, and as I was responsible for bringing dessert (shocker, I know!), it was either going to be apple or pumpkin related. So, I decided on pumpkin with all those tasty fall spices – cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, but I wasn’t really in the mood to make another pumpkin cheesecake. I found a great little concoction on Allrecipes for a Pumpkin Spice Cookie. All the yummy ingredients for your basic cookie – flour, butter, eggs, sugar (I almost always substitute in brown sugar), add in a bit of those savory spices and pumpkin puree and there’s your mix. Pop ’em in the oven for about 15 minutes and while they’re baking, you can make the glaze and drizzle it over them once they are cooled off enough. I made the mistake of not waiting for them to cool before the glaze because basically, I wanted a nice, warm cookie and didn’t want to wait. Unfortunately, the glaze just oozed off and more ended up on my fingers and in my hand than what stayed on the cookie!
This is a pretty straight forward and simple recipe, plus it makes a big batch of cookies to share with all the cookie monsters in your family Even my youngest niece and nephew loved them – I just left out the fact that there was pumpkin in them! Like every family, things may not be perfect, BUT the main thing is that we do get together to celebrate birthdays and holidays and it’s always filled with laughter, reminiscing stories, more laughter, amazing food, a few refreshments, even more laughter and great company. And this Thanksgiving was no different. I’m so grateful to have such a wonderful and crazy, fun family, I love them all to the moon and back!